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    Default quarter/ fourth

    You divide a rectangle into four rectangles of the same size and the same shape by drawing a vertical line and a horizontal line. what would you call each of the resulting four rectangles? "A quarter" or "a fourth"?

    Also, would it be correct to call each of them "the upper right quarter (fourth)", "the lower left quarter (fourth)", etc.?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    I would call them the four quarters and, yes, I would refer to them as the top/bottom/upper/lower left/right quarters.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    I have a feeling that some AE speakers might accept fourth. Wait for them to confirm or refute - it's not my language. .

    And note - as you said and Ems confirmed, though it's not obvious - that the vertical component ('upper'/'lower'/'top'/'bottom') comes before the horizontal one ('left'/'right') - in BE, at least.

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    PS And if it's a circle divided into four equal bits, they're quadrants.
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Jun-2013 at 14:29. Reason: Added PS

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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    PS And if it's a circle divided into four equal bits, they're quadrants.
    And if you divide an isosceles triangle into four equal bits ....?

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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    4 ittie bitties?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    And if you divide an isosceles triangle into four equal bits ....?
    ... you need to get a life.
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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I have a feeling that some AE speakers might accept fourth. Wait for them to confirm or refute - it's not my language. .

    And note - as you said and Ems confirmed, though it's not obvious - that the vertical component ('upper'/'lower'/'top'/'bottom') comes before the horizontal one ('left'/'right') - in BE, at least.

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    PS And if it's a circle divided into four equal bits, they're quadrants.
    This American would say "quarter" as well.

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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ... you need to get a life.
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    No, you get four new equal isosceles triangles - which I'd call the top, the left, the right, and the middle one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
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    No, you get four new equal isosceles triangles - which I'd call the top, the left, the right, and the middle one.
    Isn't that an equilateral triangle?

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    Default Re: quarter/ fourth

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Isn't that an equilateral triangle?
    I'm not sure. I didn't measure it. An equilateral triangular is simply a special case of an isosceles triangle where all sides are equal. But the same result obtains when you divide an isosceles triangle (where only two sides and angles are equal).

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    Sorry, I don't seem to be able to edit out the following rubbish
    Last edited by Raymott; 19-Jun-2013 at 16:48. Reason: Deleting rubbish

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